DAVID FORDE will "go down in history" when he makes his 300th appearance for Millwall on Saturday, manager Ian Holloway has said.
Forde will hope to celebrate becoming the 24th player to reach the landmark for the Lions with a clean sheet and three points at Bournemouth.
Only two other goalkeepers – John Joyce (385) and Bryan King (340) – have played more games for the club.
But with three years remaining on his contract at The Den, Forde could eventually claim that title.
"Fordey has been different class, as a servant to Millwall and as a bloke," Holloway told the Southwark News.
"He wants to improve and learn new things all the time. He's a credit to his profession.
"He will go down in history – look at how many people have been able to play through difficult times at this club.
"Being a goalkeeper, by nature, things don't always go well so what David has got is tremendous character and an ability to back himself.
"If something's gone wrong, he's been able to put it behind him and perform brilliantly.
"He embodies the qualities that we've got to search for and create amongst our players, especially the young ones coming through.
"Not many goalkeepers have been at Millwall for so long and managed to produce the form that David has shown during his career here.
"He's a very good role model, he's professional and he cares. You can trust him because he's a steady character and a reliable performer.
"Nothing flusters him – he's worth his weight in gold for us.
"I'm looking forward to working with him for the next three years, because that's what we gave him in the summer.
"It's very unusual for me to agree to that length of contract, particularly with older players, but the bloke is totally and utterly reliable."
Alan Dunne, who will move up to eighth in Millwall's all-time appearance list if he plays against the Cherries, has compared Forde with a "fine wine".
"With age he's getting better,” Dunne said. "Fordey is a big player for us.
"He has been a fantastic servant for this club. Goalkeeper is a difficult position to play at Millwall. It isn't easy here.
"To be approaching that number of games for this club, where you've got to have some balls about you and something inside you, is fantastic.
"There's aren't a lot of 'keepers out there who could play 300 games for Millwall. Credit to Fordey for achieving that – hopefully he won't catch me up.
"I've seen a lot of players fold at The Den but someone like Fordey has a tough mental attitude and you need players like that at Millwall."